Monday, October 17, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 22, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
A Tree Grows in Greenpoint: Trees and The Built Environment

Do you want to know more about the trees in your parks and neighborhood? Join Audubon New York and Prospect Park Alliance in McGolrick Park, Greenpoint for this FREE hands-on workshop to learn why street trees are important for birds and the people of Brooklyn. Participants will use field guides to ID City trees by their different characteristics and participate in a tree survey to learn how scientists observe trees for health and disease. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a tree expert! Open to adults and families. To register for this FREE program, visit: Audubon-newyork.eventbrite.com

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Floyd Bennett Field
Leader: Rob Jett aka "The City Birder"
Focus: Peak sparrow and winter songbird migration, raptors
Car fee: $10.00
Registrar: Janet Schumacher janets33@optonline.net or 718-594-7480
Registration Period: Oct 15th – Oct 20th

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Freshkills Park (Staten Island)
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00am
Nature Hike

Explore normally closed sections of Freshkills Park and learn about the history and ongoing progress of the landfill-to-park project. NYC Parks staff will guide visitors through the park and lead a discussion on the many topics surrounding Freshkills Park, including urban ecology, waste management, and park design.
The group will meet at Schmul Playground (at the corner Wild Avenue and Melvin Avenue) and shuttle into Freshkills Park from there.
Sign Up at EventBrite

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30PM to 10:00PM
Stargazing
Fee Information: free
Location: Great Kills Park Parking Lot A
Join the Staten Island Chapter of the Amateur Astronomer's Association for public stargazing at Parking Lot A. Binoculars and telescopes are provided, but please bring your own if you have them. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:00PM to 3:30PM
Beachcombing Wrack Line Journal Hike
Fee Information: free
Location: Great Kills Park Beach Center Lot G
Join a NPS to investigate the wrack line, the line of debris left on the beach by high tide. Join us for this exploration as we tally and illustrate findings in an effort to understand species and populations that live near our shore. Dress appropriately and bring water and snacks. Wear appropriate footwear, as you may get your feet wet hiking close to the shore. Registrations are required, please call 718-354-4655.

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30am
Caumsett State Park
Leaders: John Gluth (631-827-0120) Ken Thompson (631-612-8028)
Northern State to exit 42N (Route 35). 35 to 25A. 25A west to West Neck Road (right turn). West Neck/Lloyd Harbor Rd. into Lloyd Neck. Entrance to park on left. Meet in Parking lot.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:00AM
Dune Road Adventure
Late shorebirds, early waterfowl, straggling waders, and migrating raptors will be our targets as we make numerous stops along the way.
Registration: 631-885-1881 or email aveblue@gmail.com

Directions: From Sunrise Highway take exit 65 south to Rte. 24. Make a left onto Montauk Highway then a left onto Ponquoque Rd. Continue south then make a left onto Shinnecock Rd, then right onto Foster Ave. This will eventually lead you over the bridge to Dune Road where a left brings you to our starting point. We'll meet at the east end of the road where it meets the Shinnecock inlet.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Randall’s Island
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — miriamrakowski@hotmail.com or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, October 10
Ride: $10 or public transportation

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 9/3/2016 - 6/24/2017: 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturdays, September 3-November 26, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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North Fork Audubon Society
Saturday, October 22, 2016 (Rain Date, Sunday, October 23)
“OWLTOBER” Celebration
** NOTE: THERE IS NO 8AM BIRDWALK **

11:00AM – 4PM Open House at the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park (map)
2PM Bird Walk with Rick Kedenburg. Meet at Red House parking lot.
4PM “OWLTOBER” Program with Tom Damiani at Red House. Live owls provided by the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center.

Immediately after Tom’s program in the Red House, he will lead an “Owl Prowl” in Inlet Pond County Park. Let’s see if we can see and hear Great-horned Owls and Screech Owls!

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Oceanside Preserve
Leader: Ralph 785-3375

Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated.
If in doubt, please call the trip leader.
Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated. In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks. We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.
Please note there is a $10 per car fee at Sands Pt. Call leader for parking ideas.
Schedule note: *** indicates 8 am official start time
*indicates new parking location

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Goodhue Woods
Seeking to complete the purchase of the Goodhue Woods, Protectors is working with the Children’s Aid Society to advocate for the preservation of this open space. Come explore the woodlands and fields of the Goodhue property and help save these woods. We will look for evidence of the area’s geologic history, observe its present ecosystems, and discuss its relation to adjacent areas in the same watershed. During the 1980s and 1990s, Clay Wollney worked at Goodhue as an environmental educator in the summer camp administered by the Children’s Aid Society and he is excited about revisiting his favorite natural area on the North Shore. Meet at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Prospect Avenue. For more information contact Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Jones Beach West End #2

All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
About 230 different bird species have been recorded in Van Cortlandt Park and over 60 species breed here!
Free!

Highbridge River Walk at Dyckman Sitting Area (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
We'll search for wildflowers, insects, birds, and some of Manhattan's last remaining freshwater seeps and springs.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Belvedere’s Kingdom at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Explore the landscape surrounding Belvedere Castle in full fall glory!
Free!

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